Food Service Collection Guidelines & Charge Policies for BMSD

  Food Service Collection Guidelines & Charge Policies for BMSD

The Board of School Directors has directed the Administration to develop guidelines as many students continue to charge lunch purchases without repaying their previous financial obligations.

If your child has a negative balance, you must do one of the following:

  1. Send a payment in with your student. Checks should be made out to: Blue Mountain Lunch Fund (any costs and fees incurred by BMSD due to insufficient funds shall be paid by the parent or legal guardian). Cash is accepted but not recommended.
  2. Mail a payment to: Food Service Department, BlueMountainSchool District, 685 Red Dale Rd., P.O. Box 188, Orwigsburg, PA17961
  3. Create a personalized lunch account at www.MySchoolAccount.com and apply sufficient funds to your student’s food service lunch account electronically (there is a small fee charged for each time you add funds, but viewing the account is free). You must create a parent’s account prior to adding your child. At the home page click on the “create account” hyperlink then follow the directions given. You will need your child’s student ID number, which can be obtained from his/her school office.  Please be advised that the accounts are electronically updated nightly; therefor payments made in the morning will not be on your students account until the following day.

Families may apply for free or reduced lunches at any time throughout the year should your financial situation change. Applications are available in each school office. Approved applications are not retroactive and free or reduced status begins only upon approval date.

If your child does not have money to pay for his/her lunch or breakfast, and has not paid his/her outstanding balance and/or discussed another option with the Food Service Department, the food service personnel will follow the Administrative Guidelines listed below:

Elementary School Students - The student will be allowed to charge up to $5.00 which will be applied to his/her account. If the student still does not have money to pay for lunch and has an outstanding balance, he/she will receive a sandwich, milk, and choice of fruit & cold vegetable. The cost ($2.20; $0.40 reduced) will also be charged to the student’s account balance due.

At breakfast the student will receive cereal, milk and 100% juice.  The cost ($1.00; $0.30 reduced) will also be charged to the student’s account balance due.

Middle School and High School Students - The student will be allowed to charge up to $5.00 which will be applied to his/her account. If the student still does not have money to pay for lunch and has an outstanding balance, he/she will receive a sandwich, milk, and choice of fruit & cold vegetable. The cost ($2.30; $0.40 reduced) will also be charged to the student’s account balance due. At breakfast the student will receive cereal, milk and 100% juice. The cost ($1.00; $0.30 reduced) will also be charged to the student’s account balance due.

At each grade level, when a student reaches his/her meal charging limit, he/she will be prohibited from purchasing a la carte items.

The above actions will stay in effect until the student’s account is brought current. The sandwich choice will either be peanut butter and jelly or a Deli sandwich to accommodate for those students who have a peanut allergy. If your child has any medical concerns that may require him/her to have food, this must be discussed with the building Principal who will determine the appropriate action.

A fee of $25.00 will be charged for any checks returned for non-sufficient funds.

Any outstanding student balances of $25 or more will be forwarded to a collection agency or Magistrate office. All costs associated with this action will be paid for by the parent or legal guardian.